Wine Pairing By Jim Schwabe​

There is not much middle ground with blue cheese. People either love it or hate it. Lovers site the salty, spicy taste and pungent aroma. Non-lovers seem to focus on the mold. As you might guess, we love blue cheese, and this appetizer is a perfect way to enjoy it. 

There are two ways to go with wine pairing for your Warm Blue Cheese. One way is to counter play the salt and spice of the cheese with a sweet white wine, such as a Riesling Spatlese or Auslase. It’s interesting, if you like those wines, but we much prefer the big reds that can stand up to the cheese. Cabernet Sauvignon is a great choice, and we love the Baccarossa 2013 Mendocino Gold. It’s rich and opulent, just like the blue cheese, and makes for a wonderful combination and delicious taste sensation.
Warm Blue Cheese Dip By Jen Sommerness

What goes better with wine than cheese, you ask? My answer every time would have to be warm cheese with bacon, garlic and scallions! 

This recipe is a super easy appetizer to make, and gets rave reviews every time I make it. You can bake it and enjoy it immediately, or cover it with foil and bring it with you to a friend’s house to share. After you have baked it, it can easily be re-warmed in a microwave or warm oven, upon arrival at your destination.

My favorite way to serve this is with sliced Granny Smith apples and freshly baked bread. That way, you can enjoy it with a crunchy, sour apple to balance the creamy cheese, or choose to smear it on a beautiful slice of bread. 

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As with all good food, the better the quality of your ingredients, the better your results, and that is true with this recipe as well. This recipe is a fantastic way to try a favorite locally-made blue cheese! Enjoy!

Warm Blue Cheese Dip

Ingredients:
4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled 
1 clove minced garlic
8 oz. softened cream cheese
3 oz. crumbled blue or gorgonzola cheese
3 T sliced green onions
4 T chopped toasted nuts (pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts)

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place cream cheese and blue cheese into a bowl and cream together until smooth with an electric mixer. Add the garlic, bacon and green onions; mixing together until combined. Put into a small baking dish, cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil, and continue baking for 10 minutes more. Sprinkle with nuts and serve with bread and sliced Granny Smith apples.


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